Quebec’s Hommage bénévolat-Québec awards recognize volunteers from Laval
On the occasion of Volunteer Appreciation Week and the provincial government’s 23rd annual Hommage bénévolat-Québec, Sainte-Rose MNA Christopher Skeete announced that two persons and one organization deserved special mention for their outstanding volunteerism in the Laval region.
The recipients were Louis Raymond in the Young Volunteer category (Claude-Masson Award), Diane Hachey in the Volunteer category, and the Centre de pédiatrie sociale Laval in the category for organizations and non-profit groups.
Awards since 1998
The Hommage bénévolat-Québec awards have been given out since 1998 to recognize the important volunteer support provided by people in communities all over the province. This year, 341 candidacies were submitted. A jury was mandated to select the winners.
“I congratulate this year’s winners for their exceptional contributions in their respective fields,” said Skeete. “Through their actions they are making a big difference in the lives of their fellow citizens, enriching the community.”
“I am extremely proud that the region of Laval is able to count on people who are devoted and committed, such as Mr. Raymond and Mrs. Hachey,” said Eric Girard, the province’s Finance Minister, who is also Minister Responsible for the Laval region. “Thanks to their exceptional contributions, our community is fortunate to have a well-balanced situation.”
Year of the pandemic
Over the past 23 years, 942 persons and groups have been recognized for their volunteerism by the provincial government through Hommage bénévolat-Québec. This year, the organizers added a special category, Solidarity – Floods 2019, to pay homage to all those whose lives were impacted by the widespread springtime flooding last year.
‘Through their actions they are making a big difference in the lives of their fellow citizens,’ said Skeete
“The Hommage bénévolat-Québec Award spotlights exceptional citizens and organizations, who through their actions contribute towards making our communities more inclusive and accepting,” said Quebec Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity Jean Boulet. “In the context of the current pandemic, thousands of people who are volunteers have stepped forward to come to the assistance of the most vulnerable people.”